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Reversing land degradation can ‘pre-empt and manage’ conflicts

In a virtual briefing on the humanitarian impact of continued degradation, peace and security, the Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Ibrahim Thiaw, reminded the Council that environmental protection was vital for “our health, our wealth and our wellbeing”.  “If we, in a coordinated way, avoid, reduce and reverse land degradation…

Ozone treaties ‘inspiring examples’ of political will, UN chief says on...

In a message, UN Secretary-General António Guterres applauded the 1985 Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, its Montreal Protocol, and the Protocol’s Kigali Amendment.  “The ozone treaties stand out as inspiring examples that show that, where political will prevails, there is little limit to what we can achieve in common cause,” he…

A youthful 75: next generation to carry the torch for UN...

Youth representatives are set to address the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the UN 75 anniversary on 21 September 2020, sharing a summary and outcome of the discussions. Ahead of the event, UN News spoke to some prominent youth leaders, to find out what kind of world they want, how they see the UN’s…

Science, solidarity and solutions needed against climate change: Guterres 

United in Science 2020, released on Wednesday, highlights the increasing and irreversible impacts of climate change on glaciers, oceans, nature, economies and it’s cost on people across the globe; manifest more and more often through disasters such as record heatwaves, wildfires, droughts and floods. Speaking at the launch of the report, UN Secretary-General António Guterres…

Make COVID recovery ‘a true turning point’ for people and planet,...

Addressing ministers at a virtual meeting on sustainable recovery from COVID-19 on Thursday, the UN chief said that the world is confronting two urgent crises: COVID-19 and climate change.  “Let us tackle both and leave future generations with the hope that this moment is a true turning point for people and planet,” he said, in…

Women are key to response and recovery out of the COVID...

UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told the second of a series of roundtable discussions with renowned women economists that she was honoured to witness the bold ideas put forward by “a generation that is confronted by a world increasingly characterized by closure, rather than openness, xenophobia, rather than tolerance, vulnerability, rather than security, and, above…

From farm to fork: How food systems can power climate action

Enhancing Nationally Determined Contributions for Food Systems, published on Tuesday, by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), WWF, EAT, and Climate Focus, also reveals that nations are missing significant opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  It also identifies sixteen ways policymakers could take more action, from farm to fork, to integrate food systems in their national…

India urged to lead global push for clean energy, climate action

Delivering the 19th Darbari Seth Memorial Lecture, the UN chief called on India to take the lead in transforming global economic, energy and health systems to save lives, create inclusive economies and avert the threat of climate change. “India can become a true global superpower in the fight against climate change, if it speeds up…

Hurricane Laura: Most dangerous hurricane to hit the US this season

While it is difficult to link any individual tropical cyclone to climate change, the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) expects to see more powerful storms in future as a result of global warming.  Laura is the seventh named storm to landfall in the US this season, which has just begun what is traditionally its most…

Death Valley temperature, likely highest since 1931: UN weather agency

“The weather station at Furnace Creek in Death Valley, California, reported a temperature of 54.4C, which is 130F, on Sunday 16 August,” said Clare Nullis, WMO spokesperson. “If validated, it would be the highest temperature on Earth since 1931, and the third-hottest temperature ever recorded on the planet.” Experts on the case Speaking in Geneva,…

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